A fiery vehicle collision claimed the life of one employee Saturday at the Lehigh Hanson Cement Plant in Cupertino, located just south of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
Cupertino resident Jose Rivas, 56, died when he became trapped inside a pick-up truck that caught fire after colliding with a front loader tractor, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses reported the incident at approximately 9:30 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies, California Highway Patrol officers and Santa Clara County firefighters arriving on scene at the Stevens Creek Boulevard facility attempted to rescue Rivas, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident, according to the Sheriff’s Office.